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  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (615)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "UNABRIDGED---AT LAST!"
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    When the Audible abridged version of this book was released in 2002, I was excited because I had read the print version and knew it to be a wonderful story. It is one of my favorite Pendergast novels. Really enjoyable due to the excellent narration of Rene Auberjonois. However, I knew it lacked somewhat because of the abridgement.

    A lot of us were really disappointed that we had not been offered an unabridged version--but here it is. I was a little hesitant because they are using a new narrator, Jonathan Marosz. I went for it anyway, and am glad I did. He isn't Rene, but he does a good job of creating the individual voices, and I found his subtle affect very pleasing after I got used to it.

    THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES is so much fun to listen to because it is classic Pendergast. He blackmails, manipulates, and smooth talks his way through any situation. A continuous thorn in the side of the "authority figures" he is a true friend to the regular folks, and has a huge array of contacts he can call on when needed.

    Pendergast is attempting to solve the mystery of 36 people who were murdered and buried about a hundred years ago--their bones were found when a new building site is being cleared in New York. We go back in time to the world of the 19th Century -where some made money by putting strange oddities on display - and calling them Cabinets of Curiosities. Some were real, but some were contrived to make the displays as gruesome as possible (like sewing two lamb heads on one body.) The murderer had his own Cabinet at the time, which he used for more than one purpose---

    One disappointment--In this book there is no D'Agosta- who I kind of missed. Pendergast does enlist the aid of another New York policeman, however, and also an Archeologist from the New York Museum of Natural History. Both good characters!

    A reporter, Bill Smithback, is writing a story about the murder victims-with details about how they were killed-- and soon afterward, current day murders start occurring which are so similar to the old one's, they could have been committed by the same person. Except, of course, there is no way he could be alive today-or could he?? This story weaves us back and forth through the past and present, as Pendergast attempts to solve the mystery. However, the method of these murders is so unique, that it is hard to believe this is a "copy cat killer." To say more would spoil the surprise--


    Truly an enjoyable book. Edge of the seat type thriller. Very recommended!


    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (354)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Mary says: "Much more than I expected!"
    "One of the BEST Crime/Mystery Authors"
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    Long time fan of the Harry Hole series, I know this author can really write. His stand alone novels are always just as good--and this one kept me listening straight through.

    The desire for revenge can be powerful and all consuming, which is the case here. The son is determined to make sure other's pay for what they have done, and he overcomes a damaging drug addiction to do so. I also liked the narrator - his voice did not distract me and that is always a good thing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1402)
    Performance
    (1306)
    Story
    (1301)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    Crystal says: "A Yawner"
    "Entertaining Whodunit"
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    Who knew the world of writing and publishing could be so savage?

    This second novel in the series kept me engaged from the beginning. Detective Cormoran Strike takes on a missing person case of quirky author, Owen Quine. His wife, Leonora, is sure he has just gone off to a writer's conference or to be by himself, and just wants him to come home (it's been 11 days, after all.) As it turns out, his latest novel, Bombyx Mori, had been finished right before he disappeared, and it apparently was a "tell all" containing damaging information about a lot of people.

    Strike will come to know the complex and pretentious lives of several members in the publishing industry, all of whom could have motives for doing away with the unlikeable author. With his smart and pretty sidekick, Robin, they sort through each possible lead, even as someone is threatening Strike's life.

    As for the argument of listening to novels over reading them, this book is an excellent example. Robert Glenister is brilliant as the narrator. He brings each character to life, male or female, and has perfect pacing. When he coughed and wheezed his way through the chain smoking agent, I felt myself needing to take a deep breath.

    I hope Rowling/Galbraith will keep this series going, as I suspect it it will only get better. Cormoran and Robin make a great team, and are beginning to know each other more personally. We care about them, faults and all. Bringing in their family members and love interests makes them more believable as characters. When Cormoran and his self-involved fiancé ("she lies the way other women breathe") call it quits, we find ourselves hoping it is ended for good.

    In reviewing the book I asked myself 3 questions:

    1. Did I want to keep listening straight through? Yes
    2. Was it a well-done mystery with enough suspense and surprises? Yes
    3.. Did I enjoy the narrator--Yes.

    One last note - to the squeamish - some may need strong control over their "gag reflex" at times, but this is a small part of the novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (212)

    The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

    J. Kelly says: "Dare I say it - a tad lazy."
    "In too Deep to Quit Now-----"
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    Several reviews have noted a disappointment with this Corbett novel, # 5 in the series. I, too, felt there was something just "not right" with this one, but didn't know what. There are a couple of big differences between the first four and this one:

    1. Very short- just about 8 hours. McCammon has filled his previous novels with rich atmospheric detail, and a lengthy build-up to get to the main event. The River of Souls felt very abrupt- he jumps right into the story with both feet--the entire novel seemed rushed and unsatisfying at times.

    2. The narration seemed much more direct and "in your face" - that is the only way I can think of it, as Ballerini is usually more soft spoken in these novels--while still getting his point across.

    Other than that, I did enjoy the story, but not as much as the previous four. I didn't really care that much about the murder victim, as that character lasted about 10 minutes. Also, Matthew didn't meet with much resistance in his investigation, where normally he would have.

    This one leaves a giant cliff hanger at the end, which maybe was the hook to keep us interested in # 6. I am in too deep to quit now, and will definitely get the next one, however, I really hope the author returns to the flavor of the first two in the series, which I felt were the best.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2518)
    Performance
    (2368)
    Story
    (2367)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
    "Classic Cat and Mouse"
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    Every now and then King gives us a story that is free of vampires, ghosts, and monsters --this is one of them. Think Shawshank Redemption. If you expect a typical horror novel--this is not it.

    A retired detective (Ret Det) slogs through his days with his Lazy-boy, afternoon tv with "Judge J" and "Dr. P" being his only goals in life. Contemplating his situation, he often holds his revolver while watching these mind benders, and has just about come to a decision- when he is pulled back from the brink by a letter that sparks new meaning and adventure to his life. One of his last cases was never solved, and he now gets the opportunity to do something about it.

    This smartly crafted story of "catch me if you can" is edge of the seat suspense at it's best. As it developed, I become more engaged in the outcome, and cheered all the way for the (Ret Det) and his two unlikely helpers. King has a way of making any situation seem plausible, and any person becomes a hero in his ability to raise them to a level of action they never knew they had. I really cared about what happened to them.

    This was not the most intricate plot ever thought of, but that isn't necessary for the story to grab you and not let go. Watching the detective and the "perk" try to outwit each other was worth the price of admission.

    One last note--Will Patton was exactly the right voice for these characters. Well Done!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Providence Rider: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (660)

    The Providence Rider is the fourth installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying - and trying very hard - to get his attention.

    bionichands says: "This is a fun series"
    "What a GEM of a Series!"
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    Thanks to Audible for making these available!

    Absolutely one of the best historical fiction series I've read. Each installment is new, fresh, and still completely engaging! This is the 4th in the series, and another is coming out soon. My only issue is they keep getting shorter (the first was around 30 hours, and the next one is around 8. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm thinking it may be the closing novel for this series, and how I will miss listening to the adventures of Matthew Corbett, "professional problem solver.'

    The right narrator can make listening to books much more enjoyable than reading- and in this instance it is as if Edoardo Ballerini was destined to read this series. He IS Matthew Corbett, and I never get tired of that velvet voice!

    In this novel Matthew meets the evil Professor Fell, in a way that wasn't what I expected. There are also some new characters introduced that I think will carry over into the 5th novel-- perhaps a female "professional problem solver" to work with? We will have to wait and see.

    If you have not listened to the series, I think you must start with the first one and listen to each - in order - for the full enjoyment of Mr. Corbett and his world.

    Highly Recommended!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kraken Project: Wyman Ford, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy", a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the Internet.

    Jacqueline says: "Kraken Project? Not Really!"
    "Kraken Project? Not Really!"
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    What happened to the old Douglas Preston who could be relied upon to turn out interesting and compelling novels written for adults? Not that his prior Wyman Ford books were that well-done, but this one really fell apart. In my opinion, his best work is with co-author Lincoln Child.

    This novel starts out with promise--and made me want to read more. It is all about "The Kraken Project" and the great experiment in space with AI- HOWEVER, the remaining 95% of the story has nothing to do with "The Kraken Project." Very misleading title.

    The entire book reads like a very YA story to me, as there is a lot of teenage type interaction between a boy and his robot, and very tame dialogue throughout. Nothing wrong with that--if that is what you are looking for.

    Also, Scott Sower's narration didn't work for this book-- however, I don't think any narrator could really have made it better. The writing is just not very good.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (295)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "Chilling, Suspenseful, Well Done!"
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    When trying out a new author, there is always a risk of wasting time and credits, and getting very annoyed. Not with this one!

    It was an enjoyable listen from the beginning--the narrator has a great voice and really brings on the creepiness when needed. About 3/4 of the way through, I was pretty proud of myself for figuring out who the killer was, and how it all tied together. I put the iPod down and left if for a few hours thinking "well I've solved this one"

    NOT EVEN CLOSE!

    If you are looking for a good mystery that keeps you guessing until the end-this is it. I now will try other books by this author, and hope they are just as well written as this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (452)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "Please keep them coming Mr. Nesbo!"
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    I loved this book. Police procedurals can all start sounding like one another, but Nesbo brings such a fresh approach with Harry Hole--and his writing skills are so unique--can't wait for the next one.

    Of course I miss Robin Sachs wonderful voice, but John Lee does a pretty good job. I can't really think of another narrator who could take over for Robin and still give us the same rough, tough guy voice.

    If you have not listened to the series on Harry Hole before, I recommend starting with the first book and continuing in order. When I listened to my first one, it was already far into the story, so I have had to back track somewhat. You will benefit from starting at the beginning, but just remember, they get better - much better - as they progress.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hurricane: 1938

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cherie Burns
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    On the night of September 20, 1938, the news on the radio was full of Hitler's pending invasion of Czechoslovakia. Severe weather wasn't mentioned; only light rain was forecast for the following day. In a matter of hours, however, a hurricane of unprecedented force would tear through one of the wealthiest and most populated stretches of coastline in America, obliterating communities from Long Island to Providence, destroying entire fishing fleets from Montauk to Narragansett Bay.

    Tracey says: "Mesmerizing book!"
    "Another "Perfect Storm" with Devastating Results"
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    One of the most disastrous events in history, 700 people were killed on a mostly clear September day, without ever knowing what hit them, when the Great Hurricane of 1938 slammed into the northern edge of the East Coast.

    How could a hurricane have hit while people were playing and relaxing on the beach? Weren't there any warning systems to notify everyone to evacuate or get to higher ground. As it turns out, NO --in 1938 forecasting the weather was a primitive art at best. It's hard to imagine when our constant modern day reporting shows us film on television long before deadly storms reach us. We are even able to watch storms on the other side of the world due to our high-tech media outlets.

    As a comparison, Hurricane Andrews in 1992 was perhaps the single most destructive hurricane in U.S. history. Even though It followed almost the same path as the GH of '38, however, only 20 people died. It had been tracked by radar for days before it hit, and due to non-stop broadcasting, thousands were safely evacuated.

    This book is captivating in the personal stories of those who lived through the event. People went about there business planning weddings, golfing, shopping, and working, and not the least bit concerned about the possible rain coming later that day.

    GH '38 hit the coast at a vulnerable time. After the Great Depression, most people were struggling to keep food on the table. Even the well-to-do trimmed back on their extravagant lifestyles, and certainly didn't flaunt their wealth, thinking it unseemly. Everyone suffered equally, rich and poor. It was a different era, and this author does a great job of putting you right in the middle of it.

    Well done!



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doing Harm

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kelly Parsons
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Chief resident Steve Mitchell is the quintessential surgeon: ambitious, intelligent, confident. Charged with molding a group of medical trainees into doctors, and in line for a coveted job, Steve's future is bright. But then a patient mysteriously dies, and it quickly becomes clear that a killer is on the loose in his hospital. A killer set on playing a deadly game with Steve. A killer holding information that could ruin his career and marriage. Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer's next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again….

    Jacqueline says: "Unbelievable First Novel--Not in a Good Way"
    "Unbelievable First Novel--Not in a Good Way"
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    The author of this medical mystery is an actual board-certified urologist . As a result of his background, the medical procedures are all very graphic and realistic, and hospital protocol probably exactly what you would expect. The plot isn't a completely new idea, and the writing style is much like Robin Cook or Michael Palmer. There are some good tense moments of suspense which could have really built up as the story progressed- unfortunately, it takes a big fall. I never liked or cared about what happened to our main character, as he was made out to be a thick-headed, arrogant, and weak individual.

    I love medical thrillers, and am willing to suspend some realism, however could not get past how our main character becomes immature and ridiculous when faced with his situation. He is supposed to be self-assured, intelligent, smart, an extremely quick learner, and admired by all who know him. It doesn't follow that we should believe the decisions he makes.



    ******************************Big Spoiler Alert Follows**********************************************

    Chief Resident Steve Mitchell, is on track to take on a big job at University Hospital. When his patients begin to die, his glowing reputation quickly declines, and instead of being promoted, he may lose his job. There are a lot of ways to die in a hospital- natural causes from the original injury or accident, infection, doctor error, etc. Although his patient's deaths are seemingly the result of something that was likely unavoidable, the real reason is---gasp!--- murder.

    This "smart" Chief Resident is finally made aware of who the murderer is, and is being blackmailed by this person due to another matter which could ruin his career. The murderer makes him aware that more deaths will occur, and here is where the unbelievable part starts----he decides to just stay silent to avoid losing his marriage and job!!----- He does take some lame steps to try and figure out what to do by telling a co-worker about what is going on. As the storyline becomes more bizarre, the co-worker simply believes his story (no proof required) and says he will figure out what to do. He won't tell this Chief Resident what steps he is taking, as it may be too dangerous for him to know--and wouldn't you know it, the co-worker is also murdered (but of course, it is made to look like something else)

    So now what to do? What did the co-worker find out? Chief Resident figures out a code from prior conversations with helpful co-worker, follows it up and is given more secret codes to unravel before he can finally figure out a way to trap the murderer at his/her own game. Why all the secret codes? No reason.

    I'll stop here because after reading this story I was completely frustrated, and writing a review about it makes me even more so! I feel like people are entitled to know more before possibly wasting a credit - wish I had known!

    This is the first book I ever reviewed where I felt compelled to include a big spoiler alert.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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